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German History in Modern Times: Four Lives of the Nation

German History in Modern Times: Four Lives of the Nation

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William W. Hagen
Cambridge University Press, 4/19/2012
EAN 9780521175210, ISBN10: 0521175216

Paperback, 482 pages, 23.5 x 15.6 x 2.8 cm
Language: English

This history of German-speaking central Europe offers a very wide perspective, emphasizing a succession of many-layered communal identities. It highlights the interplay of individual, society, culture and political power, contrasting German with Western patterns. Rather than treating 'the Germans' as a collective whole whose national history amounts to a cumulative biography, the book presents the pre-modern era of the Holy Roman Empire; the nineteenth century; the 1914–45 era of war, dictatorship and genocide; and the Cold War and post-Cold War eras since 1945 as successive worlds of German life, thought and mentality. This book's 'Germany' is polycentric and multicultural, including the multinational Austrian Habsburg Empire and the German Jews. Its approach to National Socialism offers a conceptually new understanding of the Holocaust. The book's numerous illustrations reveal German self-presentations and styles of life, which often contrast with Western ideas of Germany.

1. Master narratives and rival interpretations of modern German history
Part I. German Central Europe before Modern Nationalism
2. The pyramid of power in pre-modern Germany
3. Baroque and Enlightenment Germany, 1648–1789
4. Power states (Machtstaaten)
the rise of the Prussian and Austrian military-bureaucratic monarchies
5. Aufklärung
the German Enlightenment and other spirits of the age
Part II. German Identities between Liberalism, Nationalism, and Socialism, 1789–1914
6. Revolution on the march
French challenge, German response, 1789–1815
7. 'Land of poets and thinkers'
the transition from Enlightenment universalism to German national culture
8. Freedom and voice, 'blood and iron'
the struggle over liberalism and nationalism, 1815–1914
9. Power to the people
German social democracy in the age of industrialization
10. Women, family, feminism, 1789–1914
11. Habsburg Austria
a multinational path in German history
12. Jews, Germans, German Jews, 1789–1914
Part III. Nation in Crisis
Defeat, Turmoil, Aggression, 1914–15
13. The Prussian-German monarchy's sudden death
World War I and postwar revolution, 1914–20
14. Democracy's bitter fruits
society and politics, 1918–33
15. The rise of Hitlerism
middle-class discontent and populist utopia
16. The 'people's community' at Hitler's command
national and socialist Germany, 1933–45
17. Lebensraum
the war for empire in Eastern Europe
18. Banned from nation and earth
German Jews after 1914, Nazi 'Jewish policy', and the Holocaust
Part IV. The Cold War Germanies and their Post-1989 Fusion
A Nation Reforged from Its Remnants?
19. Return from the abyss
defeated Germany and the West German Federal Republic, 1949–89
20. 'Real existing socialism'
Soviet-occupied Germany and the German Democratic Republic, 1949–90
21. Present-day Germany
the post-unification scene in West and East.